No-step access to Notting Hill Gate tube station planned
A planned development next to Notting Hill Gate tube station, partial step-free access will be included in the project.
The site is an existing 1950s block, Newcombe House and a row of low rise buildings with parking to the rear. The plans will see them all removed and replaced by newer buildings and the parking lot transformed into a public square. As part of the plans, step-free access will be provided to the southbound platform of the Circle and District lines.
The subdivision itself is controversial mainly due to the height of the replacement tower.
Although the development was denied building permission by the local council, it was canceled by the Mayor of London in September 2018, and the amended plans were approved last June by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. In the final approval, Jenrick said he agreed with the inspector’s conclusion that “the impact of the project on listed buildings, conservation areas and local heritage was not significant enough. to offset the benefits of redeveloping the current site from visual pollution ”.
Step-free access will require two elevators, one from the street to the ticket office which will be next to the entrance to the existing stairs, then along a hallway to another elevator up to the platform towards south of the Circle / District line, sitting next to the existing stairs to the center line.
In order for the agreement to provide step-free access, the route from the ticket office level to the Circle and District Line would pass through the basement of the proposed development, so step-free access can only be provided in as part of the redevelopment of the site.
While this will not provide full step-free access to all platforms, the unique opportunity to provide partial access has been accepted as there will not be a chance to redevelop the site for many decades to come, and they can add more elevators to the other platforms later.
According to TfL, access without stairs should “be provided at no capital cost to TfL”.
Additionally, the program would provide step-free access to the center line, as the street-level elevator to the ticket office connects to escalators that then connect to the center line.
Mayor’s report Noted that the addition of the elevator to the southbound platform as part of the developer’s contributions would be able to support the case for stairless access to the north platform as part of any future redevelopment of the next door David Game House.
Once the legal documents are signed, technically the London Underground will lease the basement walkway to the developer, under a 999-year lease with pepper rent.